Promo round-up: Upcoming iQiyi dramas

Luoyang – Huang Xuan, Wang Yibo, Song Qian, Song Yi

iQiyi has released a handful of trailers and posters for its upcoming dramas. The successful Light On programme is back for a second round, and the streaming platform has also lumped its romance dramas into a Sweet On schedule, which is set to begin this month. Which dramas are you looking forward to most?

First up is Luoyang, and the trailer is giving me huge The Longest Day in Chang’an vibes. Huang Xuan‘s character seems pretty similar to Lei Jiayin’s, in that they’re both former government officials who are tasked with solving intriguing mysteries.

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Li Yifeng, Song Yi cast in upcoming crime thriller Daybreaker

Daybreaker 暗夜行者 stars Li Yifeng as Chen Mo, a former undercover agent who fakes his death after finding out someone was trying to kill him. He takes on a brand new identity, and returns to the drug cartel to find out the truth. Costars include Song Yi and Stephen Fung.

Most of iQiyi’s Light On series have been pretty solid, so I’m hoping the trend continues this year. The 24 episode drama is directed by Cheng Hao (Ping Pong) and began filming today.

Promo Round-up: My Heroic Husband

My Heroic Husband features Zhang Ruoyun as a calculating businessman who is reborn in ancient times as the titular husband Ning Yi (Guo Qilin). He marries Su Tan’er (Song Yi), daugher of a rich merchant, and together, they build a business empire. Jiang Yiyi, Gao Shuguang costar, while Zhu Zhu and Tian Yu guest star.

The 36 episode drama releases 2 episodes every Sunday to Tuesday on iQiyi.

Ending theme by Zheng Yunlong, Trailer 2

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Dramas promo round-up: A Love Never Lost, Who Is Murderer and more

Over the past week, Mango TV, Tencent and iQiyi have released teasers and promos for select dramas that will probably air next year (follow the links for more information). Which ones are you looking forward to most?

A Love Never Lost – Li Xian, Chun Xia

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Zhong Chuxi and co. stun at Bvlgari event

Zhong Chuxi’s style is so bold and fun and I love it.

Zhong Chuxi, Nazha, Ning Jing, Song Yi, Tang Yixin, and Song Yi are gorgeous at a recent Bvlgari event. The boldness of Bvlgari jewels is a great opportunity for the actresses to stun, and this is easily my choice for best-dressed fashion event this fall yet. Which looks are your favorites?

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Song Yi, Yin Tao, Zhao Jinmai’s Astringent Girls releases stills

Song Yi as marriage-crazy Dai Xixi

Yet another female ensemble drama, Astringent Girl, finished up filming and released its first set of stills. Of all the upcoming female ensemble dramas, this one and Nothing by Thirty have my favorite casts, so I’m really hoping it’ll be good. Can’t tell much so far other than the lighting and costumes look solid.

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Review: The Lovebirds is the underrated rom-com that never loses its cute

Not only are the romances adorable, but the family interactions of the Shi family always brings a smile to my face. “Sister-in-laws” Zhao Liying and Zhou Fang remain bff’s to this day due to the drama.

Zhao Liying has grown into such a versatile actress with a plethora of solid dramas under her belt, but she’ll always have a special place in my heart as the spritely Su Huan’er in The Lovebirds 错点鸳鸯/戏点鸳鸯. With a low-budget and almost no big names at the time, The Lovebirds is like a good web-production before they were a thing. The set is bare and the costumes are cheap, but the cast is adorable and the interactions are cute X 1000.

The two-part drama series is split into the two parts, each very loosely adapted from a separate book by Xi Juan (Wrong Carriage, Right Groom). The first half originally told of a timetraveller who accidentally becomes the newly-wed wife of a warlord of the Shi family while the second tells of a crossdressing inspector who seeks refuge under the Shi family while seeking revenge for her father.

The Lovebirds is available with English subs here.

Zhao Liying as Su Huan’er:

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Friday Photos

Liu Yifei photoshoot and interview by Awkwafina here

Posters, stills, and photoshoots that caught our eyes this week. Feel free to share your own finds in the comments!

Ju Jingyi
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Wang Junkai, Song Yi, Ma Yili, etc. in Home for New Year’s Photoshoot

Two series of photoshoots and mini documentaries celebrating home for the Chinese New Year’s holiday season. Featured are Wang Junkai, Mei Ting, Ma Yili, Dong Zijian, Song Yi, Jikejunyi, and Zhou Bichang.

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